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Bryan Voltaggio is competing on Top Chef Masters

chefhound Jun 5, 2013 10:44 AM

Just read the article on Eater announcing the contestants for the latest round of Top Chef Masters. Including the first Top Chef contestant to compete as a Master, Bryan Voltaggio (Yay!).

Gail Simmons will be a new critic and there's some sort of online competition, hosted by Hugh Acheson (Yay again!), which will be a battle of the sous chefs. They can win advantages for their competing bosses.

http://eater.com/archives/2013/06/05/...

  1. LindaWhit Jun 6, 2013 10:23 AM

    YAY!

    The chefs competing in season five are:

    David Burke (David Burke Townhouse, NYC);
    Douglas Keane (formerly of Cyrus, Healdsburg, CA);
    Sue Zemanick (Gautreau's, New Orleans);
    Richard Sandoval (Richard Sandoval Restaurants);
    Bryan Voltaggio (Volt, Frederick, MD);
    Franklin Becker (The Little Beet, NYC);
    Lynn Crawford (Ruby Watchco, Toronto, Canada);
    Odette Fada (formerly of San Domenico, NYC);
    Neal Fraser (formerly of Grace, Los Angeles);
    Jennifer Jasinski (Bistro Vendôme, Denver, CO);
    Jenn Louis (Lincoln Restaurant, Portland, OR);
    Herbert Wilson (Sushi Samba, Las Vegas); and
    Sang Yoon (Father's Office, Los Angeles).

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      wincountrygirl Jun 6, 2013 11:18 AM

      We had the great fortune of eating at the River Cafe in Brooklyn when David Burke was at the helm. It was fantastic. Can't wait to see him compete. Of course, I'd love to see Bryan win!!

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        ennuisans Jun 6, 2013 01:01 PM

        It's terrible that Lynn Crawford is the only name I really recognize. I do enjoy seeing her on tv at least.

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          chefhound Jun 6, 2013 02:28 PM

          She's going to get creamed. She's pretty mediocre, especially up against David Burke, Douglas Keane, Bryan Voltaggio et al. She's no Susur Lee.

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            chris2269 Jun 6, 2013 03:09 PM

            Not to slight her but think you are right as is Sang Yoon (unless there are a lot of burger challenges)

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          wattacetti Jun 6, 2013 04:28 PM

          Lynn Crawford is the first Canadian competitor? I guess the maple leaf isn't going to last too long.

        3. juliejulez Jun 6, 2013 10:16 AM

          Very excited, and glad to see a Denver chef on there :)

          I'm curious to see the Battle of the Sous Chef online competitions too, that should be fun.

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            ennuisans Jun 6, 2013 12:59 PM

            I was just reading about the sous chef competitions and that they will greatly influence the TC competition itself. Linda is going to have her recapping hands full this year!

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              LindaWhit Jun 6, 2013 04:25 PM

              LOL! :::No, no, no, no, no!::: I don't recap on the TCM shows. :-)

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            DGresh Jun 6, 2013 03:34 AM

            Great! My husband and I recently ate at Volt in Frederick, MD. An amazing experience.

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              cresyd Jun 6, 2013 12:31 AM

              I would have to think that Bryan would be favorite for making the top 3-4. Having already participated in Top Chef, I do believe is an advantage. Not so much for individual challenges, but just the pacing of filming, risks that are rewarded vs risks that aren't, and the overall flow of the show.

              I don't think it's a surprise that over the 4 seasons previous seasons of this show that the 2 of the winners are regulars on the competition television circuit.

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                KrumTx Jun 5, 2013 11:48 AM

                That's great news. Thanks! I need another TC fix. Happy about Gail being head judge.

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                  LindaWhit Jun 6, 2013 10:25 AM

                  Agree re: having Gail Simmons there. Still wish Oseland was gone, however. The additional online competition will be interesting to watch to see how the advantages AND obstacles will affect the TCMs.

                  And oy vey! on some of the celebrity judges:

                  "and they're serving up food for some top entertainers and celebrity guest judges including: Mindy Kaling, Busy Philipps, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lindsay Price, the cast of Days Of our Lives, Ali Larter, the cast of Yo Gabba Gabba, LA Cult Favorites Lucha Va Voom among others."

                  Kathie Lee? Yo Gabba Gabba?

                  1. re: LindaWhit
                    chefhound Jun 6, 2013 10:57 AM

                    This is starting to sound a bit like Iron Chef America - celebrity guest judges with little to no culinary credentials

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                      wincountrygirl Jun 6, 2013 11:17 AM

                      I can't stand Oseland. He literally makes my skin crawl.

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                        saeyedoc Jun 6, 2013 01:35 PM

                        Yea, after Oseland's behavior at the pool party last season, he gives me the creeps.

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                          wincountrygirl Jun 6, 2013 03:04 PM

                          Good grief, I forgot about the pool party too. That make it so much worse!

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                            JonDough Jun 6, 2013 03:46 PM

                            He also did something during Chiarello & Hubert Keller's season that rubbed me the wrong way and I haven't liked him since. I think he let his personal feelings about Chiarello sway his judging. Not that I like Chiarello but I thought it was petty on Oseland's part. Does anyone remember this?

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                              wincountrygirl Jun 7, 2013 04:23 AM

                              You're right. He clearly did not like Chiarello. That guy is just slimy.

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                          KrumTx Jun 6, 2013 02:56 PM

                          Oy vey, indeed! The celebrity judges and Oseland are my two peeves. I'd forgotten about last summer's pool party creepfest.

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                            linus Jun 6, 2013 03:18 PM

                            oseland doesn't bother me and isn't any creepier than gail simmons' tightly pulled face.
                            she seems like a nice lady if a little dull.

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                              roxlet Jun 6, 2013 04:31 PM

                              Lol!

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                                LindaWhit Jun 6, 2013 04:33 PM

                                http://instantbazinga.com/

                                ;-)

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                                  roxlet Jun 6, 2013 04:34 PM

                                  I love it!

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                            wincountrygirl Jun 5, 2013 11:38 AM

                            Woo hoo!!!!

                            1. chris2269 Jun 5, 2013 11:34 AM

                              Good news, I've only had Michael's food but respect both Chefs. Can not wait to see the line-up.

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                                cwdonald Jun 5, 2013 10:59 AM

                                Do you know when the series begins?

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                                  chefhound Jun 5, 2013 11:37 AM

                                  July 24

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                                    chloebell Jun 5, 2013 11:37 AM

                                    Ditto. Would love to know when the series begins.

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